Welcome to a new addition to my blog — Notes from my noodle.
Basically, this is going to be my random thoughts portion of my blog. If I don’t have enough for a full blog post, I’ll put several things in one and it will be the “Notes from my noodle.” This isn’t going to have a specific day, rather it will happen periodically when I feel I have enough for it.
So, let’s get it started
What in the world is Mother Nature thinking?
Rain and warmer weather had smacked most of the snow we had into oblivion. It gave hope. We saw grass and sun.
Then it snowed again Sunday night into Monday. In my town, we got probably 8 or so inches. As you went further north, higher amounts. A town about an hour and change from me got upwards of 25 inches! Ouch!
The sun is back today and there’s some melt going on. Rumor is about three inches are possible tomorrow night (sigh), but the temps are supposed to be up.
I beg Mother Nature… please make it stop!
The job hunt is in full force. I sent out two applications today (both for sports information positions) and am working on another that I will send out tomorrow. I have my resume posted on a few job sites and got an e-mail today from a company in the Midwest encouraging me to apply for a position with them. I like the look of the company, so I’m going to work on an application for there, for sure.
One of the ones I sent out today was via mail.
I realize that some places still like to receive things via hard copy and that’s fine. But, I sent it with delivery confirmation, so it needed to be priority mail. That cost me nearly $6! That really made me happy that many jobs I will be applying for will accept it electronically. Much cheaper!
Still keeping my head up about the whole process. This Friday will be a full month since I was told the news, so I’m pushing forward with the hopes of something breaking through.
That being said, I’m going to start looking into freelancing, too. I need to keep sharp. I need to research that to see what it would do with my unemployment and such.
That good weather we had recently got me wanting to get out and throw some plastic, too.
Two of us went to Hunter on Saturday to play in an ice bowl tournament. Basically, play in snow. But the weather was nice. There was some ice. A little snow. And a lot of throwing discs. Very nice. Felt good to get out. We played two rounds of nine around a lake. (Well, a big pond that is called a lake).
In the end, I figured it was about a walk of 2.5 miles, which was nice.
I didn’t throw great, but it was fun. I finished with a 41-41 82, which was good enough to be dead-last in the tournament. I think there were 14 players.
Hopefully, with my first full year of playing coming this summer, I’ll improve.
Weather below us looks good this weekend — sunny and in the 50s. I might head to New Jersey with a friend or two to play in a tournament down there Sunday. That one will be 36 holes on a course I’ve played once — but really like. Hopefully things pan out and I can hit it up. It’s supposed to be PDGA sanctioned and it would be a lot of fun to get out in the nice weather.
If I go and it’s as nice as they are saying, I might even break out some shorts.
The Couch-to-5K program is going decently well for me.
I’m into Week 2 and will be doing Day 2, hopefully, tonight. I might try and go four days with it this week, but we’ll see. In reality, I might opt to repeat the second week.
I did the first day of the second week Sunday and it was pretty tough. The reality is I’m not in great shape, so this is pushing my body in different ways. Not that I’m complaining.
We’ll see how tonight and then the third day (hopefully Thursday) go before I decide on whether or not to repeat the second week.
The sneakers are breaking in well. When I did things Sunday, I didn’t feel any shin splints, which was nice. My heart was beating though. I got the heart beat up to like 168 or so Sunday, so I knew I was working it.
So the second week is three days of this:
Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
The third week gets more interesting:
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
- Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
- Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
- Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
- Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
The fourth week, which is still in the future, obviously gets more intense. I’ll post more about that as the time comes.
I am hosting a geocaching event Saturday in celebration of the Geocaching 12 of 12. Every month, many photographers take part in the 12 of 12, a project where you take 12 photos to show your day.
Once or twice a year, there is a geocaching version of this. Basically, 12 photos showing your geocaching day.
The event is in the morning and I hope to find a few other things to take some photos of to fill out 12 for the day. I haven’t taken many photos recently and I’d like to make sure I get to take a few.
Finally, one of my alma maters — SUNY Delhi — is playing in the NJCAA Division III national tournament this weekend. It’s the first time in the 21-year history of the tournament that it hasn’t been held at Delhi, so hopefully the Broncos can do some damage this weekend and bring a national title home.
This is also the school I’ve done some adjunct teaching at. I had four of the players in class, so I’d really like to see them do well. I’ll be going down Thursday for sure and maybe Friday. Saturday is up in the air as I have some plans and an opportunity that night, so I’ll have to see how things pan out.